Assembling puzzles, large and small, can be fun, agonizing, time-consuming and exhilarating all at the same time. Anybody can find the corners and edges to a puzzle, but those middle pieces sure can be difficult. Ever try assembling a 1,000 piece puzzle of the Grand Canyon? Whew, it was grueling!
Now transition to your role in your workplace – you serve as a Puzzle Architect, of sorts. You’re responsible for converging the pieces – strategy, people and processes – so they create a unified approach to optimum organizational performance. And you do this often without the benefit of the cover of the puzzle box, right?
We live and work in times where we don’t simply add water and voila, the cake is baked and looks exactly like the cover of the box, do we? Hardly! The Mejorando Group serves as puzzle assembly consultants, partnering with progressive leaders all around the country, helping ensure the puzzle pieces fit well together so they’re synchronized and performance is unleashed.
So many times, leaders and managers fall for conventional wisdom and over-rely on another in a series of re-organizations (i.e. moving around the puzzle pieces), only to discover the reorganization actually made things worse! Instead what we advocate is for these leaders to pursue a collaborative and inclusive approach, engaging their elected officials, workforce and community members to create a shared understanding about the “puzzle box cover” and then, determine how those puzzle pieces should be assembled to make progress.
We’re all aware of the term ’round peg into a square hole’ which is precisely what puzzle assembly is about. So, time to sharpen your puzzle assembly skills and let’s continue our journey in getting better all the time.